Animal Species:Luminous Flying Squid – Eucleoteuthis luminosa Sasaki, 1915

In contrast to other ‘flying squids’ of the family Ommastrephidae, Eucleoteuthis luminosa does not appear to form schools.

Standard Common Name

Luminous Flying Squid

Alternative Name/s

Striped squid

Identification

Eucleoteuthis luminosa is identified by two distinct lines and paired spots of light organs on the underside of the body.

Size range

Body up to 22cm.

Distribution

Large discontinuous distribution, found in sub-tropical to temperate waters of all oceans.

Habitat

This muscular squid occurs in the open ocean from surface waters to at least 1,000m depth.

Feeding and Diet

Like other species in the family Ommastrephidae, this squid is believed to typically rest in deep water during the day and rise to shallower areas at night to feed. This daily migration is most likely assisted by the fact this family are all muscular fast-swimming squids.

Classification

Species:
luminosa
Genus:
Eucleoteuthis
Family:
Ommastrephidae
Order:
Teuthida
Subclass:
Coleoidea
Class:
Cephalopoda
Phylum:
Mollusca

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References

Norman, M., (2000) Cephalopods- A World Guide, ConchBooks, Germany (Hackenheim)

Roper, C.F.E., M.J. Sweeney & C.E. Nauen, (1984) FAO species catalogue. Vol. 3. Cephalopods of the World: An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species of interest to fisheries, FAO Fish Synopsis, 125(3): 1-277.
 


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